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Rebels Honky Tonk Houston Country Bar Review

Posted on Aug 15, 2009 by Paul White

Rebels Honky Tonk has an interesting history associated with it.  Before it was Rebels. It was a car repair shop.  If you don't believe me look at the google map of the location.  Considering that Houston is town where many clubs open with the "Its good enough" mentality. Its great to see a club like Rebels put so much effort into the curb appeal, and interior.

Rebels Honky Tonk

Rebels Honky Tonk Parking


Unlike many other clubs in town, which have no parking, forcing you to roam the surrounding neighborhood for a spot that won't result in your car getting towed.  Rebels build a HUGE parking lot.  Beautiful fresh concrete and blacktop.  This is great for both Rebels as it will need all those spots, and its great for the surrounding clubs.  Even if Rebels for some reason doesn't sell a drop of liquor.  They will bank off the valet.  When I left the lot was almost full and it was only 11:30PM.

Rebels Honky Tonk Exterior


The outside is done up in wood trim, with a wood board walk along the front side of the club, and a huge wood patio on the right side ( for smokers ).  Of course with the heat and humidity every stayed inside where the AC kept things comfortable.

Rebels Honky Tonk Interior

Rebels Honky Tonk Interior


The inside was well done.  Two massive bars.  A huge dance floor, elevated sectional seating.  Plenty of places to sit your drinks.  Scattered throughout are Jack Daniels Barrels that serve as table tops.  The music was all country, and not too loud.  The only down fall is the inside is very large and spacious.  You could easily pack 500 people in there and there would still be room. 

Rebels Honky Tonk Staff

Rebels Honky Tonk Staff.

The staff was all friendly and polite.  The door guy didn't harass you, just checked your ID.  The waitresses and bartenders were knock outs all wearing cut off jean shorts, and high heel cowboy boots.  In my honest opinion their staff was hotter than most of the strippers in town.

Rebels Honky Tonk crowd

 

Rebels Honky Tonk Crowd

The crowd was very well dressed.  Button up shirts on all the guys, and stilettos on all the girls.  I would estimate that the crowd was 98% White  2% Asian.  Unlike some other country bars in town which deal with drunk cowboys getting in fights.  Everyone here got along great.  The crowd was very attractive.  I estimate on this night there were 300 people there.  Even split 50% guys 50% girls. 





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Houston Country | Aug 16, 2009 8:18 PM
I was there opening night. The staff was Hot!! Huge difference between this place and Moes
Too much Beer | Aug 16, 2009 8:32 PM
They have a huge parking lot, unfortunately the entire lot is paid parking or valet. Most Clubs in this area of town have no parking.
Whiskey Dick | Aug 21, 2009 8:22 PM
Nice Bar. Good Music, soft enough to carry on a conversation with your friends. Wish they had some TVs in there.
Dale | Aug 21, 2009 8:34 PM
The Girls are young and hot, the beer is cold, what more does a guy need?
Jim | Aug 23, 2009 12:33 PM
Cool Bar. But there isn't very much seating.
jason | Aug 29, 2009 9:45 AM
I work here and ive worked in numerous clubs all week long and the girls are all hot u show me an ugly one u can hit me in the face!
Steve | Oct 18, 2009 3:00 AM
Went their last night. No parking, management was rude, got kicked out of the limited seating because it is reserved for "bottle buyers".  $250.00 to $1000.00 dollars for the right to sit down? Yeah, right! The girls were cute though, if you like them way young.
Danny Mann | Jan 17, 2010 8:14 PM

Our first and last visit to this bar, $10 for parking, $5 per person to get in then $4 beer. They don't open until 9pm and even if you are there when the doors open you are not guarenteed a seat because all the tables and seats are reserved for bottle buyers. It shouldn't take long before people relize they are being raped by this place and it will be yet another club on the revolving door of ownership on Washington Ave.

Paul | Jan 17, 2010 8:54 PM
Danny,
You are not the first person to complain about Rebels.  The biggest complaints I have read have been the dance floor is too small, and the seating limited.  I am with you.  I hate to pay for parking, though I don't mind a small cover fee, and reasonable drink prices.  ( $4 for a beer isn't bad ).  Rebels will be around for a while.  Its just too bad nobody in Houston takes the time to build a nice venue, and not try to run it like a Vegas Club
Jim | Jul 26, 2010 6:46 PM
I will be surprized if this place is still open in a couple weeks.  The website has been redirected to the Austin Location ( which is an awesome bar ),  Last time I was there it was dead.  All the Hot Chicks and Juiced up Cowboys are gone.  They are even starting to play Hip Hop now.  WTF!  I wouldn't visit this place again even if the beer was free.
judy | Jan 21, 2011 1:34 PM
Visited this place Summer 2010.  YOUNG crowd, very snobby (just a bit too snobby, actually), more hip-hop than country was played, $5 for a beer?  Really?  A DOMESTIC beer?  Average age in here was ~23.  I'd cut them some slack if ANYONE in here REALLY knew how to two-step, polka, or waltz -- but nope, don't expect actual "dancing" here. 
Mark | Jan 5, 2012 2:21 PM
What is a "bottle buyer"?  Is this somebody who buys beer by the bottle instead of tap? 
Mark | Jan 5, 2012 2:22 PM
What is a "bottle buyer"?  Is this somebody who buys beer by the bottle instead of tap? 
Paul | Jan 5, 2012 4:41 PM
Bottle Buyers are people who buy whole bottles of hard liquor from the bar. Typically bars charge about 5x -10x what you could buy the bottles for at a typical liquor store. So a $25 bottle might cost you $125 - $250 when you buy it from the club.  Since seating in clubs is often limited, clubs will reserve the nicer seating if not all seating for groups that buy bottles.  This not only ensures the clubs are able to cater to high rollers, but also gives these people immediate status, since everyone in the club will instantly know they spent a small fortune on bottles.  Most clubs in Houston do this to some degree.  There is nothing wrong with it, if the club is packed with a high class crowd, and the seating provides you with a more entertaining experience.  But its kind of a joke when you consider the quality of the crowd at Rebels.  The Austin location is still a great place, but the Houston Location is more of a teen dance club these days.  Probably the worst club on Washington Avenue. 
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